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Met Police ‘did not attend almost 13,000 burglaries in 2022’

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Met Police did not attend burglaries

Over 12,600 burglaries reported last year went unattended by the police, stark figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The data, obtained by the party through Freedom of Information requests, shows there were 12,667 reported burglaries in London during 2022 where a police officer didn’t then visit the scene of the crime. This is equivalent to over 34 burglaries a day going unattended by police.

The Liberal Democrats have today called for a statutory guarantee to ensure burglary victims are visited by a police officer and their cases properly investigated.

The FOI data also shows a staggering 71% of burglaries reported to the Met last year were closed without a suspect being identified.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a new “Burglary Response Guarantee,” under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated.  The party is calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers have the time and resources they need to focus on preventing and solving crime.

Since 2015, the Conservatives have taken over 4,000 Police Community Support Officers off the streets, while they look set to have broken their key promise of having recruited an extra 20,000 police officers by the end of March 2023. 

This policy would be implemented by introducing a new statutory guarantee that all burglaries will be attended by police and properly investigated. 

The Home Secretary can bring forward legislation to do this, but if she doesn’t, Liberal Democrats will seek to add this to the Victims and Prisoners Bill, which is heading through Parliament right now.

Caroline Pidgeon discussing how Met Police did not attend burglaries
Caroline Pidgeon

Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Police and Crime Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“Every single Londoner should be able to feel safe in their own homes. Sadly, for far too many right now this is not the case.

“The Met has been left under-resourced by this Conservative Government and poorly managed by a Labour Mayor. Meanwhile victims are let down and criminals are getting away with their actions.

“No family should be denied justice after suffering the distress and trauma of being burgled. At the very least, people should know that if they are burgled, the police will attend the scene and investigate properly, indeed this was the promise made by the Met Commissioner last September.

“It’s clear that words aren’t enough. People are sick of broken Conservative Party promises – which is why the Home Secretary must introduce a statutory guarantee for burglary victims without delay.”

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